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Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the elections in Serbia and their implications for the process leading to Serbia’s possible accession to the EU. (117737)

Foreign Ministers discussed the 21 January Serbian elections at the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) meeting on 22 January in Brussels. The Council welcomed the peaceful and orderly conduct of the elections and took note of the preliminary election results which indicated a clear majority for reform orientated political parties.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I regularly discuss Serbia’s EU perspective with EU counterparts. The January GAERC called for the speedy formation of a Government committed to Serbia’s European course and prepared to tackle the challenges ahead in a spirit of constructive co-operation with the international community. As underlined by the December 2006 European Council, Serbia needs to accelerate efforts to meet the necessary conditions, notably full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.